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How to Apply to the RNFA Program

To secure your spot in the next RN First Assistant course session, please begin the online application process as soon as possible. You will be able to save and come back to your application as you submit various materials. There is a $50 fee to apply.

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RNFA Program Cost

  • $4,000  plus travel expenses, books, and $35 health fee (not due at time of application)


RNFA Application Deadlines 

The RN First Assistant program is offered three times a year. Preference is given to those who already have a placement agreement and those who already have CNOR/NP certification.

RNFA Application Deadlines

Spring Session

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2023

Program Start: Feb. 5, 2024

In-Person Simulation Day: March 16, 2024

Summer Session

Deadline: March 15, 2023

Program Start: June 5, 2023

In-Person Simulation Day: July 22, 2023

Fall Session

Deadline: July 15, 2023

Program Start: Sept. 24, 2023

In-Person Simulation Day: Nov. 4, 2024

Program Eligibility

  • Current US or Canadian RN license in same state or province in which the clinical internship will be undertaken
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Eligibility for CNOR or APRN certification

Application Requirements

To complete an application for the RNFA Course, create an account and complete all sections of the application. Submit the following materials by uploading to your application before the deadline.

  • US or Canadian RN license
  • CNOR or APRN (NP, Nurse Midwife, Nurse Anesthetists) certification, required upon admission or, if in progress, before the end of the course
  • Diploma or unofficial transcript
  • CV or resume
  • CPR Certification (BCLS or ACLS)
  • Two letters of recommendation from an OR manager, surgeon, or nursing peer
  • Information for a Clinical Placement Agreement. See details about the Clinical Placement Agreement process.
  • Board-certified Surgeon Letter of Commitment. See requirements for Surgeon Letter of Commitment.

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FAX (585) 273-1270

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